I think I posted about our shadow puppet theater a few months ago. It's just a plain old cardboard box, with a square cut out of one side and then covered over with freezer paper. It didn't cost any money at all to make, and it's one of those toys that never seems to lose it's appeal. We get it down every so often, I guess once a week maybe, and it's always good for a few laughs. Ivo recently invented a new way to play with it, too. It's a guessing game, and here's how it's done . . .
1. Collect several items from around the house. They should have a distinctive shape. Or not. They can just be whatever.
2. Set up the shadow puppet box with a light, and the items you collected. We used an apron as a tablecloth here to hide the basket of items from the audience.
3. One by one, hold the items up to the paper and see if the audience can guess what they are based on the silhouette.
4. Then we get to see if we've guessed correctly . . . the big reveal . . .
Good old-fashioned family fun, like the parlour games of yester-year. And I know they didn't have YouTube in yester-year, but Ivo loves these shadow puppet video clips, so I'll post a few links to them here. Also a link for how to make your own shadow puppets . . . fun!
Ivo's favorite one (He says "That poor hippo just wants to play!")
How to make your own shadow puppets (My favorite-- gotta love "Vampire Ducky")